28 November 2014

Holyport College Visit

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Holyport College, Berkshire.
Speaking of new brooches...here's the treat HM got from Saskatchewan last year, already on its third outing. That's a nice run for a new brooch. Methinks she likes it. (I like it too!)

Photo: ITNSource video

27 November 2014

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received the newly appointed High Commissioner of Barbados, Mr. Guy Hewitt, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
For some reason, this brooch is looking a little crumpled to me and a bit hard to identify right here, but it is just the larger Nizam brooch.

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The FEI Lifetime Achievement Award Brooch

The Queen was presented with the inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement Award on November 26, 2014 by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, President of the FEI, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale). The award, given in honor of her lifelong support of equestrian sport, includes this brooch. Made of diamonds set in white gold and created specially for The Queen, it mirrors the insignia of the FEI Awards (seen below). The design is a shape created from nine interlocking horseshoes.
I think this is a lovely design, including a connection to Her Majesty's passion but without being overly themed, and it will be interesting to see how The Queen uses it.

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26 November 2014

FEI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation (and a New Brooch Alert!)

At Buckingham Palace, The Queen was presented with the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale). The award was presented by FEI President Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. The Duke of Edinburgh was also present.
For more: Express and Star article, FEI press release.
From the FEI: "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her leading role as supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign as British monarch." She looks delighted, as well she should.
And the FEI knows her well - the gift was a new brooch! Again from the FEI: "The award is a stunning white gold and diamond brooch of nine interlinked horseshoes, created especially for today’s presentation, and mirroring the insignia of the FEI Awards." Looking forward to seeing it in action. (Update: Here's a post on the brooch itself, including close up view.) Until then, the brooch for today's presentation was the trusty old Flower Basket.

25 November 2014

20 November 2014

RAF Lossiemouth Visit

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.
For more: Article and gallery from the Mirror, Video and article from the Telegraph.
These two lovebirds were celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary today! No wedding gift brooches on display, though - just the old Jardine Star, which needs to put some work in if it wants to make the favorite brooch list for the year. This is only its third appearance so far in 2014, by my count.

Photo: WPA Pool via Getty Images

18 November 2014

Chatham House Academy Launch and Audiences

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended the launch of The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House, London.
I continue to be surprised at how many times we've seen this brooch since it's 2012 debut, but it does make a nice accessory to all those gold buttons.

Earlier, The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
This one is not so clear...looks like it could be the old Frosted Sunflower.

Photos: ITNSource video, WPA Pool via Getty Images

13 November 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.

For more: Zimbio gallery.
Amethyst! Yessss. My favorite stone has been quite sparse this year in Her Maj's jewel wardrobe, after being a favorite last year. Any appearance is much appreciated.

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11 November 2014

Investiture at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
Looks like we might have the Pearl Trefoil here, though - as always with investitures - it's hard to tell.

Photo:BBC video

09 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, London. The service honors those that have died in armed conflicts.
As is her tradition, The Queen chose a bow brooch to "tie" her poppies. Today's is the Dorset Bow, one of the earliest bow brooches to be added to her collection, having been a wedding gift.

Queen Mary's Button Earrings
We assume, of course, the standard pearl necklace was also there, though not immediately visible. 

Members of the royal family in uniform joined HM in laying wreaths, including The Duke of Edinburgh (not pictured), The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Wessex, and The Duke of Kent.

 Other members watched from the balcony above, including The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, and The Countess of Wessex. Kate is wearing a brooch given to her in Australia earlier this year; Sophie is wearing a regimental badge. Camilla is also wearing a badge, from her father's regiment, and her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Small Diamond Clasp.

Photos: BBCOne video

08 November 2014

Festival of Remembrance

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
For more: Daily Mail with photos, Zimbio gallery 1, Zimbio gallery 2.
It is nice to see a brooch with its optional pendant back in place for a change, but I'm not sure the Richmond Brooch was up for the task of handling Her Majesty's poppy bouquet - things had been rearranged between arrival (above) and the show (below).
It does look like this is the first time this has been used since this blog's been around, so that's delightful anyway!

Richmond Brooch

As always, a whole host of members of the royal family were present: The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent can all be seen below.
A couple of the ladies were wearing regimental brooches, the Duchess of Cornwall wore her diamond snake necklace, and Princess Alexandra had a lovely brooch on too.

Photos: Matthew Lloyd and Tim P. Whitby via Getty Images

06 November 2014

Flanders Fields Memorial Garden Opening and Recovery Pathway Reception

Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Cambridge, The Queen joined The King of the Belgians to open the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks, London.
Remembrance events are picking up speed in advance of Remembrance Day, and HM started out bundled up in a neutral background outfit with one of her favorite brooches.

Later, with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to recognize those that have helped injured servicemen and women on their paths to recovery.

For more: Zimbio gallery, Express and Star article.
And later, she went for something new-ish - a brooch from the Queen Mother's collection that was reintroduced this summer. This time, she's worn it vertically instead of horizontally, which is probably just the best way to wear it on this dress, but in my imagination is a cheeky nod to those of you that wish she'd use her regular Aquamarine Clips in a more inventive manner.

Photos: ITN video, WPA Pool via Getty Images

05 November 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
The shadows in the brooch at first made me think we might have something interesting on our hands - but no, chalk up another appearance for Victoria's bow. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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